The Fierce Families of Transgender Oregonians Network came to exist following the 2016 Presidential Election as family members of transgender Oregonians reached out to Basic Rights in search of ways to be involved and take action on behalf of their loved ones.
Initially, a small group of dedicated parents joined BRO in speaking at press conferences and rallies, raising money to support the work of the organization, and attending volunteer actions, including lobbying legislators to help pass Oregon's first standalone transgender justice bill.
As the network has grown to include families all over the state, we have welcomed siblings, partners, grandparents, aunts, uncles, chosen family and more. As our network has expanded, so has our scope and structure. We are in the midst of establishing a standing Leadership Committee and initiating a number of new projects, including:
• Connecting with school districts to ensure that transgender youth are safe in our school systems.
• Hosting story-sharing and informational/community education events.
• Connecting with parents and families of newly-out trans folks to offer peer support.
We are excited to welcome you into the Fierce Families Network. Thank you for supporting and advocating for your loved one!